Moving Forward

It only took a few hours of frustration to move this blog. That does not include the typo I made in the process, which locked me out of the old blog in nearly complete fashion. I took a few classes on relational databases when I was pursuing a computer science degree. Over a decade has passed since I had to practice database-related things, so this was a challenge. In the end, the knowledge was recalled and applied, and the move proceeded.

I now present “Rick’s Picture Corner” re-branded as “Richard Custer’s Blog.” I, of course, am Richard.  This is my chosen artist moniker, but since we’re all on friendly terms, you can call me Rick.  This blog is now more integrated into my artist website (www.artistrichardcuster.com), although the look and feel is much the same.  I will soon be dumping the Rick’s Picture Corner domain as I start making more changes and updates to my main website.

Now with that bit of housekeeping out of the way, I’m pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting in my second show since graduating from the University of Houston.  The show is going to be centered around hardcore, punk, and heavy metal music and features Houston-based artists.  Here is the flyer:

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The flyer (click to embiggen)

I found out about the show a few weeks ago.  Given the short time left before the show, I placed a link to my work on the Facebook event page to ask to be considered for inclusion in future shows.  The coordinator messaged me back the next day and told me he would find space for my work.  It’s an understatement to say I was surprised, and was very happy when I found out that I would indeed be included in this upcoming show.  I immediately went over installation concepts in my head.  This will be my installation concept:

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My installation concept (click to embiggen)

This is based on a wall space width of 4 feet.  I will have to update this concept as I just found out that we will each have 5 feet, but it becomes a matter of moving the larger images out a little bit.  As for the images themselves, the 2 larger images are finalized as shown.  Each one will be a 12″ x 12″ print mounted on cradled wood.  The smaller images, which have yet to be finalized, will be 4.75″ x 4.75″ and placed inside CD jewel cases.

Conceptually, the inverted cross is a reference to the adversarial nature of heavy metal music to religion and ideologies related to such, especially the Judeo-Christian belief systems that dominate the West.  The live shots reflect the almost ritual aspect of the live performance and its importance in the genre.  The jewel case “frames” for the smaller images signal the importance of the physical media format as CD sales outpace digital sales among heavy metal fans.   The larger prints, as with the inverted cross, display the iconography often associated with heavy metal.

At this point, I will conclude this, the inaugural post of the re-branded blog.  I have more updates coming as my activity in my chosen medium has picked up in the last month.  To all of you, I thank you for your continued support.  Feel free to comment below with any ideas or critiques you may have on what I’ve written this evening.  I will see you all again soon.  Until then, my faithful and not-so-faithful readers, I bid you goodnight.

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